• India v England, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 1st day

Panesar: England need to strike quickly

ESPN staff
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Monty Panesar: India weren't expecting us

Monty Panesar believes it is vital England skittle out India for less than an additional 100 runs if they are to have a chance of winning the second Test in Mumbai.

Panesar was restored to the side for the second Test and made an immediate impact - picking up four wickets as the hosts ended the opening day 266 for 6.

At one point, however, India were 169 for 6 and appeared to be in serious trouble, and Panesar believes it is vital the tourists strike early on Saturday morning and finish off the innings quickly if they are to have a realistic chance of evening the score in the series.

"Tomorrow we have to look to restrict them to maybe 100 runs and then we can see how things go for us," Panesar said. "They obviously built a really good partnership between [Ravichandran] Ashwin and [Cheteshwar] Pujara so what we are hoping is that tomorrow morning, if we can restrict them to under 300, that would be good for us.

"That kind of partnership took a bit of momentum into the Indian's innings. But overall I don't think they expected us to dominant the first two sessions like that.

"I think if we can win the series, that would be brilliant for us. As a team, it's the first time in 27 years if we win the series and I think Christmas will be nice back home."

Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were among the spinner's scalps on Friday, and Panesar was delighted to send two of the greats of the game back to the pavilion. He identified the pitch as playing a role in his success, with conditions likely to be helpful to India when it is their turn to bowl.

"There is a bit more bounce and turn in the wicket, enough to keep the seamers and the spinners interested," Panesar noted. "For me it was about trying to get my action in order and get the ball in the right place. From there I pushed on.

"With the way the pitch is there is a chance to get turn and bounce and to get two world-class players, I needed the pitch to do that. It was nice to take scalps like that."

"I thought we stuck really well out there, especially when we applied a lot of pressure early doors. I think something that was something the Indian team didn't expect. They won the toss then they looked to have a bat and they probably thought maybe they would only have a few wickets down for 300 plus. I thought we as a team really piled a lot of pressure on to them.

"Having five wickets down really early was a testament to how we applied the pressure to the team out there."

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